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News Release: Sales of New Vehicles Start Off Year on Positive Note
February 10, 2014

News Release: Sales of New Vehicles Start Off Year on Positive Note

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sara Panza
Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association
440.746.1500 

Sales of New Vehicles Start Off
Year on Positive Note

Cleveland, OH (February 10, 2014) Despite poor weather that included two major snow storms and consistent temperatures below freezing, sales of new vehicles in Northern Ohio started off the year on a positive note. New cars and light truck sales grew by more than three percent when comparing January of 2014 with the same month a year prior, according to figures released today by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association (GCADA).

“Any time you can report positive growth, it is good for our industry as well as the overall economy in Northern Ohio, which is so dependent on the automotive industry,” says Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the GCADA. “This growth is even more significant because it came during a period of bad weather, which usually has an adverse impact on sales. In addition, January of 2013 registered a 14.9 percent increase over January of 2012, so we were going up against some pretty strong sales figures during the month.”

The retail automotive industry in Northern Ohio sold 19,053 new vehicles in January of 2014 compared to 18,455 vehicles during the same month last year. A total of 20 brands registered sales increases for the month.

The numbers do offer some insight as to the impact of adverse weather on the market. While the area’s leading brand, Ford, sold 3,398 vehicles in the month, sales dropped 1.34 percent over January of 2013. Similarly, Chevrolet saw relatively flat sales in the month, selling 2,612 vehicles in January of 2014, just one vehicle shy of what it did last year. However, brands that offer four-wheel drive vehicles such as Jeep and Land Rover roared out of the gate. Jeep sales rose 28.49 percent when comparing January of 2014 with the same period a year prior, while Land Rover rang up a sales increase of over 64 percent for the month.

Offshore brands Toyota and Honda saw modest growth in the month, the former taking over third place selling 1,637 to Honda’s 1,603 vehicles in the month. Toyota registered an increase of over ten percent for the month, while Honda’s increase was almost five percent. Hyundai rang up an increase of over 12 percent in the month, while its sister company Kia rang up a sales increase of just over four percent.

20 Brands Up in January (‘14 v. ‘13)
The following brands posted sales increases in January of 2014 versus January of 2013: Acura, Cadillac, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Saab, Smart, and Toyota.

New-car and truck sales in Northern Ohio
January ‘14 / January ‘13 & YTD

 

January 14

January 13

January
% Chg.

YTD
January 14

YTD January 13

YTD
January
% Chg.

ACURA

147

140

5.00%

147

140

5.00%

AUDI

120

139

-13.67%

120

139

-13.67%

BMW

269

289

-6.92%

269

289

-6.92%

BUICK

430

472

-8.90%

430

472

-8.90%

CADILLAC

331

321

3.12%

331

321

3.12%

CHEVROLET

2612

2613

-0.04%

2612

2613

-0.04%

CHRYSLER

394

478

-17.57%

394

478

-17.57%

DODGE

838

843

-0.59%

838

843

-0.59%

FIAT

11

18

-38.89%

11

18

-38.89%

FORD

3398

3444

-1.34%

3398

3444

-1.34%

FREIGHTLINER

40

60

-33.33%

40

60

-33.33%

GMC

717

703

1.99%

717

703

1.99%

HINO

4

1

300.00%

4

1

300.00%

HONDA

1603

1527

4.98%

1603

1527

4.98%

HYUNDAI

863

766

12.66%

863

766

12.66%

INFINITI

158

85

85.88%

158

85

85.88%

INTERNATIONAL

53

40

32.50%

53

40

32.50%

ISUZU

19

13

46.15%

19

13

46.15%

JAGUAR

11

6

83.33%

11

6

83.33%

JEEP

956

744

28.49%

956

744

28.49%

KENWORTH

12

23

-47.83%

12

23

-47.83%

KIA

984

944

4.24%

984

944

4.24%

LAND ROVER

64

39

64.10%

64

39

64.10%

LEXUS

237

241

-1.66%

237

241

-1.66%

LINCOLN

150

93

61.29%

150

93

61.29%

LOTUS

0

0

0.00%

0

0

0.00%

MACK

3

12

-75.00%

3

12

-75.00%

MASERATI

17

0

0.00%

17

0

0.00%

MAZDA

362

397

-8.82%

362

397

-8.82%

MERCEDES BENZ

375

282

32.98%

375

282

32.98%

MINI

14

28

-50.00%

14

28

-50.00%

MISCELLANEOUS

19

7

171.43%

19

7

171.43%

MITSUBISHI

145

95

52.63%

145

95

52.63%

NISSAN

851

754

12.86%

851

754

12.86%

PETERBILT

31

44

-29.55%

31

44

-29.55%

PORSCHE

42

40

5.00%

42

40

5.00%

SMART

7

4

75.00%

7

4

75.00%

SUBARU

630

678

-7.08%

630

678

-7.08%

SUZUKI

0

4

-100.00%

0

4

-100.00%

TOYOTA

1637

1478

10.76%

1637

1478

10.76%

UD

0

4

-100.00%

0

4

-100.00%

VOLKSWAGEN

435

514

-15.37%

435

514

-15.37%

VOLVO

61

65

-6.15%

61

65

-6.15%

WESTERN STAR

3

7

-57.14%

3

7

-57.14%

Total Cars and Trucks

19053

18455

3.24%

19053

18455

3.24%

Retail sales figures are based on vehicle registration reports from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  Vehicle sales data includes the counties of: Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Holmes, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Wayne.

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